Homemade Fall Birthday Card

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November 5, 2011

Using fall colors, and a cutout of a leaf, one can make an elegant birthday card for a friend, celebrating her birthday during the fall months. The finished Fall leaf card.


Approximate Time: 30 minutes




  1. Fold dark orange cardboard in half to create a card 4.1 x 5.7 inch ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
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  3. Cut out the leaf from the pattern sheet.
  4. Quilt lines drawn on paper leaf for pattern.
  5. Place it on the light yellow cardboard and trace around the edges.
  6. Outline of leaf pattern on brown paper.
  7. Use the Stanley knife to slit a small opening in the leaf that you have traced onto the light yellow cardboard. Then, use the pair of scissors to cut out the rest of the leaf.
  8. Stanley knife cutting center of leaf pattern.
    Leaf stenciled oout of paper.
  9. Turn the light yellow cardboard around and follow the diagram to glue the strips into position across the leaf on the back of the cardboard. Four images of the leaf stencil and application of glue and first colored paper strips.
    Four photos of colored paper strips being placed on top of quilt patten underneath the stencil.
    Start with the wider yellow pumpkin strip. You alternate between the colors. First add a yellow pumpkin strip, followed by a dark orange strip, followed by a light brown strip, followed by a yellow pumpkin strip again, etc.
  10. Adding colored strips.
    Continuing to add the narrow strips.
    Finishing the adding of the narrow strips.
  11. Cut off any protruding pieces of paper strips.
  12. Clpseup of trimming paper edges.
  13. With the old gold acrylic paint and the fine paintbrush, add some detail to the edges of the cut-out and to the edges of the light yellow cardboard.
  14. Windowpane view of adding gold paint to the edges.
  15. Glue the light yellow cardboard to the front of the card, ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
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  17. Cut a piece from the light yellow paper that can be glued to the inside of the card, where you can write a message.
  18. By Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng,

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    November 9, 20110 found this helpful

    OMG! Not only cute but the directions are amazing. Thanks for the time. I love the idea.

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    Silver Post Medal for All Time! 408 Posts
    November 9, 20110 found this helpful

    Thank you, glad you liked it! :-))

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    November 12, 20110 found this helpful

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. At first I thought this was done with fabric. What a wonderful method to make a cool card. Thanks so much for the tutorial.


    Brenda in Oshawa, Ontario

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